February 11, 2020
The City Council of the City of Titusville met in regular session in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 555 South Washington Avenue, on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.
Mayor Walt Johnson called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Present were Mayor Walt Johnson, Vice-Mayor Dan Diesel, and Council Members Robert Jordan, and Jo Lynn Nelson. Also, in attendance were City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells. Sr. Administrative Assistant Debbie Denman completed the minutes. Member Sarah Stoeckel was absent.
City Clerk Wells read the procedure for public comment.
Pastor Jody Noble of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church was present and gave the invocation. Mayor Johnson then led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Member Jordan moved to approve the minutes of the regular City Council meeting on January 14, 2020 and the special City Council meeting on January 21, 2020, as submitted. Member Nelson seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS & PRESENTATIONS - None.
BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
The Code also provided that upon the approval of the City Council, the Council may authorize a board member to miss more than three (3) consecutive meetings or more than fifty (50) percent of the regular, special or workshop meetings during a six-month period.
Due to the aforementioned provision in the City's Codes, Ms. Isabella Almiñana, 12th grade student from Titusville High School, indicated her desire for the City Council to authorize her absences during this board's regular monthly meetings that were held on November 19, 2019, December 17, 2019, and January 21, 2020, thereby allowing her to continue serving on the 2019/2020 Student Advisory Council
Ms. Almiñana provided her reasons for missing the Student Advisory Council meetings and advised that she did plan on attending the remaining meetings for the 19/20 term.
Vice-Mayor Diesel moved to approved the absences on November 19, 2019, December 17, 2019, and January 21, 2020 for Isasbella Almiñana, the Titusville High School 12th Grade Representative and requested staff review the requirements of the Student Advisory Council since the student advised she no longer lived in Titusville. Member Nelson seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Historic Preservation Board – City Manager Larese advised that there was one vacancy for an alternate member with a term to expire on October 31, 2020. There were currently two applications on file for consideration. Ms. Janina Shoemaker and Ms. Jean Caramanna-Collins had expressed their willingness and desire to serve on this board as an alternate member with an unexpired term to expire on October 31, 2020. If Ms. Jean Caramanna-Collins was not appointed to the Historic Preservation Board, she had expressed her willingness to serve on the Code Enforcement Board as a regular or alternate member with an unexpired term to expire on October 31, 2020.
There were currently no other applications on file for consideration.
Ms. Caramanna-Collins expressed her desire to serve on the Historic Preservation Board, but advised she would be gone for a period of time during the summers.
Ms. Janina Shoemaker expressed her desire to serve on the Historic Preservation Board and stated that she had previously completed historic studies.
Stan Johnston commented on replacing the Municipal Code Enforcement Board with a special magistrate and the difficulty the City had in placing people on the Municipal Code Enforcement Board. He encouraged Council to place Ms. Caramanna-Collins on the Municipal Code Enforcement Board.
Stan Johnston also spoke regarding the Municipal Code Board appointment and stated that he was against a special magistrate and was in support of the Municipal Code Enforcement Board.
Member Nelson moved to appoint Janina Shoemaker as an alternate member to the Historic Preservation Board with an unexpired term to expire on October 31, 2020. Vice-Mayor Diesel seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Municipal Code Enforcement Board – City Manager Larese advised that Regular Member Dr. Gina Beckles (Open Classification) submitted her resignation effective January 28, 2020. Her term expires on October 31, 2020. Currently, there was one vacancy with an unexpired term to expire on October 31, 2020.
William Killpartrick (Open Classification) currently served as an alternate member with a term to expire on October 31, 2020. He had expressed his willingness and desire to serve on this board as a regular member and if not appointed as a regular member, he would like to continue to serve as an alternate member.
Ms. Jean Caramanna-Collins expressed her willingness to serve on the Municipal Code Enforcement Board, if she was not appointed to the Historic Preservation Board, as a regular or alternate member with an unexpired term to expire on October 31, 2020. There were no other applications on file.
Member Nelson moved to accept the resignation of Regular Member Dr Gina Beckles with a term to expire on October 31, 2020, with regret and to appoint Jean Caramanna-Collins as a regular member with an unexpired term to expire on October 31, 2020, as recommended. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Board of Adjustments and Appeals – The recommended action was to accept the Board of Adjustments and Appeals Semi-Annual Report, as written.
Member Jordan moved to accept the Board of Adjustments and Appeals Semi-Annual Report, as written. Vice-Mayor Diesel seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
PETITIONS AND REQUEST FROM THE PUBLIC PRESENT (OPEN FORUM)
Stan Johnston commented on a friend/politician who he felt now was very deceptive and also commented on a report that he had not received.
City Manager Larese advised there were speaking cards for Consent Agenda Items A, B, C, D, E, G, and H.
City Manager Larese read Consent Agenda Items A through J as followed:
Consent Agenda Item 8A - Change Order #1 to Work Order #6 with AECOM Technical Services, Inc. for Specifications for the Demolition of Two Elevated Storage - Stan Johnston stated that he had met previously with a City Official on this topic, but was not satisfied with the results. He advised there were no calculations for replacing the water tower.
Consent Agenda Item 8B - Resolution No. 3-2020 of the City of Titusville, Florida Supporting the Brevard Zoo's efforts to bring a world class aquarium to Brevard County - Stan Johnston felt that an aquarium would not assist in enhancing the Indian River Lagoon.
Consent Agenda Item 8C - Award Contract to MCCI - Digital Scanning of Large Format Documents – Stan Johnston stated that this was a lot of money to scan documents and he felt it was not needed. He asked that this item be tabled.
Consent Agenda Item 8D - Correction of Scrivener errors to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Local 2445 and the City of Titusville, October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2022 – Stan Johnston stated that he could not understand the math on the attachment associated with this item and felt this item needed to be explored further.
Member Nelson expressed concern with the configuration for the rate of pay.
Human Resource Director Joe Denaro advised that it was no financial impact on the collective bargaining agreement. There was a misunderstanding during negotiations with the wording of salary and pay. It was brought to Council with the wording salary, but should have been pay and to include all incentive’s due to a firefighter if injured on the job.
Member Nelson asked for further clarification on the calculations.
City Manager Larese advised that firefighters had built in overtime, certification, incentive pay, etc. It was not straight time and not 40 hours and that the firefighters worked 62 hours.
Consent Agenda Item 8E - Advisability - Review of Land Development Regulations for Lands Adjacent to Space Coast Regional Airport – Stan Johnston asked for clarification as to what the problems were that needed this to be reviewed and felt that specifics should be included with the item. He stated that he was against this item.
Consent Agenda Item 8G - Replacement Pump Purchase for Vector Space Lift Station – Stan Johnston stated that he felt that there should also be someone else assisting with the cost of this project and that a longer warranty should be looked into.
Consent Agenda Item 8H - Stand-by Generator Repair for Lime Street Lift Station – Stan Johnston stated that he was neither for or against this item.
Member Nelson moved to approve Consent Agenda Items A Through J, in accordance with recommendations. Member Jordan seconded the motion.
The roll call was:
Member Jordan Yes
Member Nelson Yes
Mayor Johnson Yes
Vice-Mayor Diesel Yes
The motion carried unanimously.
ORDINANCES-SECOND READING, PUBLIC HEARINGS & RELATED ACTION - None
ORDINANCES-FIRST READING - None
OLD BUSINESS – None.
Neighborhood Services Housing Program Policy Updates – City Manager Larese advised that the Neighborhood Services Department was charged with overseeing and managing various housing related programs in conjunction with the City's receipt of federal and state grants.
The highlight of those changes was as followed:
There were other grammar and language changes as shown on the comparison policy provided in the agenda package, that could be found on pages 10-12, 15-16, 18-20, and 23.
Staff recommended those changes to ensure that the City's program remained consistent with the needs of its citizens, and up to date with current regulations and other policies for such housing programs.
Member Nelson moved to approve updates to grant related housing program policies, as submitted. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
PETITIONS AND REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC PRESENT (OPEN FORUM)
MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORT
Mayor Johnson submitted a written report.
Member Nelson advised that the Rotary Club’s Annual Chili Cookoff would be Saturday, February 22, 2020.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Larese submitted a written report that included the following information:
Action Items - None
Informational Items – None to report.
Special Meetings and Events
CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT - None
With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.
Walt Johnson, Mayor
Wanda F. Wells, City Clerk